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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 184



church, which had been assembled at Lyons by Pope Innocent ll£**f™B° IV., and it was resolved that a new crusade should be preached, A. D. ÌM. It was provided that those who assumed the cross should as semble at particular places to receive the Pope's blessing ; that there should be a truce for four years between all christian princes ; that during all that time there should he no tourna ments, feasts, nor public rejoicings ; that all the faithful in Christ should be exhorted to contribute, out of their fortunes and estates, to the defence of the Holy Land ; and that ecclesiastics should pay towards it the tenth, and cardinals the twentieth, of all their revenues, for the term of three years successively. The ancient enthusiasm, however, in favour of distant expeditions to the East had died away ; the addresses and exhortations of the clergy now fell on unwilling ears, and the Templars and Hospitallers re ceived only some small assistance in men and money. The temporary alliance between the Templars and the Mussulman sultans of Syria, for the purpose of insuring their common eafety, did not escape animadversion. The emperor Frederick the Second, the nominal king of Jerusalem, in a letter to Riehard earl of Cornwall, the brother of Henry the Third, king of England, accuses the Templars of making war upon the sultan of Egypt, in defiance of a treaty entered into with that monarch, of compelling him to call in the Carizmians to his assistance ; and he compares the union of the Templars with the infidel sultans, for purposes of defence, to an attempt to extinguish a fire by pouring upon it a quantity of oil. " The proud religion of the Temple," says he, in continuation, " nurtured amid the luxuries of the barons of the land, waxeth wanton. It hath been made manifest to us, by certain religious persons lately arrived from parts beyond sea, that the aforesaid sultans and their trains were received with pompous alacrity within the gates of the houses of the Temple, and that the Templars suffered them to perform


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